"Unfortunately, this is not the best of what's showing."
Cinematic return of writer/director Christopher Guest from "Waiting for Guffman" fame. Here, he places many of the same small city bumpkins in the mixing, melding (although they're an all-caucasian cast) pot of a "best-in-show" dog competition.The wacky assortment of characters as mixed with their dogs are very much the pounding, compelling point of interest. To skip an enumeration of all of them, it goes without saying that no two are alike. The best of the lot is the married couple of Catherine O'Hara (who's constantly running into old sexual partners) and Eugene Levy (co-writer, with Guest), a "two-left-footed" gump. Fred Willard as a "spectator/announcer" is one of the humorous strong points. Parker Posey (with her adorable Weimeraners) is another graduate from "Guffman" to resurface, but despite the fact that Posey has never physically looked better, I've never seen her act worse, especially when she becomes enraged.
The gags and movie itself are all a temporary high; it doesn't last that long. The repeated concept of "mocumentary" is no less a convenience to the plot as it is unnecessary besides some "extra" information and to avoid narration. "Best in Show" is briefly fun, but mostly forgettable. It flies by on the charm of "Guffman." Not enough interaction with the dogs, though.Final Verdict: B-.